You are what you eat and drink, quite literally…
With Christmas just days away our attentions will soon be focused on eating, drinking and enjoying ourselves. But while I don’t want to put you off tucking into your delicious Turkey dinner, our resident golf fitness expert and C.H.E.K practitioner Scott Bryant has been giving me some tips on how to eat a healthy Christmas dinner without putting on weight. Yes it is possible to eat fat without getting fat! In fact, Scott’s golden rules for our Turkey dinner should apply to all the meals you eat throughout the year. If you follow the guidelines you’ll not only feel healthier, but you’ll be fitter for the new golfing season too…
Rule No. 1: Buy organic food
That means buying organic, whole foods (hardly processed, if at all), rather than meat or diary that has been farmed on lands where chemicals are ploughed into the ground to speed growth and the cattle are pumped full of hormones to grow fatter and supply more milk. These harmful toxins are stored in the animal’s fat and therefore passed onto you in your food. Organic certified food is the most natural, healthy food and will make you a stronger, healthier person.
Rule No. 2: Never cut fat out
Go on, admit it, how many of you will go on a ‘low-fat’ diet come January 1 st ? We’ll all be thinking of shedding a few pounds after an over-indulgent Christmas, but low-fat diets are a nutritional disaster for your body. The big misconception is that you must cut out fat to lose fat. In fact you need fat in your diet to lose weight. Without fat the body doesn’t function correctly and it starts to store fat. That’s because we are all designed to eat fat. Fat keeps us warm and it regulates hormones and keeps the liver running smoothly. The key is to make sure you are eating the ‘right’ fats. Examples of good fats include:
* Organic free-range meat and fish
* Fresh nuts and seeds (but not roasted)
* Olive oil, coconut oil & clarified butter (and yes, goose fat counts, so roast those potatoes!)
Rule No. 3: Eat your food in the right proportions
Why do you eat your Christmas dinner then fall asleep on the sofa? The answer is because you haven’t eaten your food in the right proportions for you metabolic type. Your metabolic type is like your genetic fingerprint. Every individual is built differently and has different nutritional needs. That means knowing what proportion of fats to proteins to carbohydrates you need to eat for your body to function effectively. Getting those proportions wrong results in the body going into crisis and shutting down, hence you fall asleep. The below chart shows you how there are three types: carbohydrate type (slow oxidiser), mixed type and protein type (fast oxidiser). In the New Year Scott will go into these metabolic types in more detail and help you identify which type you are. In the meantime, the easiest way to find out is to start eating your proteins, carbohydrates and fats in different proportions to one another and see what diet you feel healthiest on.
Rule No. 4: Drink plenty of water
Water is the one essential ingredient to life. Your body is made up of 75% water. Drinking water will help to detoxify your system after your over-indulgent Christmas dinner, removing all the harmful toxins from your body. But like your food intake try to consume purified water, ideally bottled or filtered, from a source that is pure. Unfortunately our tap water is far from perfect, just think alone of what the water has passed through before it comes out of the tap! The correct quantity of water to drink every day is approximately half an ounce of water for every pound of body weight.
How to prevent a hangover!
Yes it is possible. The golden rule is to never drink alcohol before eating a meal. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). The typical response is to eat convenience/snack foods like crisps, nuts and bread. These will cause you to pile on the pounds. Instead you must always eat a fat or protein-based food before that glass of wine or beer touches your lips. Most people make the mistake of lining their stomach with carbohydrates, instead, have a nice cheese, some of the leftover Turkey dinner or even a steak before you start drinking, and try to match your alcohol intake to water intake.